6 Things to Know – Your Top Stories For Monday, February 18

What to Know

  • It’s Monday, February 18th – and NBC 6 has the top six stories you need to know to start your day.

It’s Monday, February 18th – and NBC 6 has the top six stories you need to know to start your day.

Weather wise, it will be a warm and mostly dry Presidents’ Day holiday across South Florida as part of a pattern that will see highs near the mid-80s for most of the week.

No. 1 - Police from several agencies in Miami-Dade County, as well as a member of the US Marshals, took an attempted homicide fugitive into custody early Monday morning after a standoff in Miami Beach.

Officials were at the scene for hours near Alton Road and Dade Boulevard. Around 1 a.m., officers found the subject and took him into custody.

No. 2 - A family is looking for a place to stay after being displaced by a fire in Southwest Miami-Dade.

Thick smoke and flames consumed the second floor bedroom of a home on Southwest 271st Street and 120th Avenue. Inside the home were two children, their wheelchair-bound uncle and four cats.

No. 3 – President Donald Trump is expected to speak on the campus of Florida International University this afternoon, affirming his administration’s support of Juan Guaido as the president of Venezuela.

Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday visited a border staging point for U.S. aid to Venezuela and warned soldiers loyal to socialist President Nicolas Maduro that would commit a "crime against humanity" if they block entry of the packages that are being channeled through Maduro's rivals.

No. 4 - A sixth grader in Florida was arrested after his refusal to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance escalated into a confrontation with police and school officials, authorities said.

The unnamed boy was charged with disrupting a school function and resisting an officer without violence on Feb. 4, the Lakeland Police Department said in a news release.

No. 5 - Chicago police said Sunday they're still seeking a follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett after receiving new information that "shifted" their investigation of a reported attack on the "Empire" actor.

The trajectory of the investigation "shifted" after detectives questioned two brothers about the attack and released them late Friday without charges, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said

No. 6 - Whether you identify more as Dorothy, Rose, Blanche or Sophia, fans of the hit 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls will get a chance to take a cruise next year based entirely on the show.

“The Golden Girls at Sea” will depart from Miami on February 24, 2020 for five days with stops in Key West and Cozumel, Mexico – giving fans a chance to share their love of the show that ran from 1985 to 1992 on NBC.

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